Whether you own one horse or manage one hundred horses, PREVENTION MATTERS!
For horses in Northern Virginia and Maryland, veterinarians recommend twice yearly physical exams and wellness visits. There have been multiple cases of Potomac Horse Fever (PHF) resulting in equine death in our region this summer, making disease prevention and awareness even more crictical.
We offer a Fall Wellness Package that includes:
Physical Exam & Brief Oral Exam
Nutritional Consultation & Seasonal Counseling
Fall Vaccines for Flu/Rhino & Potomac Horse Fever
Additional services are also available. Read about them here.
Contact us today to schedule your Fall Wellness visit!
FALL HAZARDS – Red Maple & Oak Toxicity
Dr. Sallie Hyman, VMD, DACVIM, CVA
The Fall season brings cooler weather and beautiful colored foliage. Leaves start to fall and the grass starts to die back. Although we may see this as a time to get off the mower and get on our horses to enjoy the beautiful scenery, it can be a very dangerous time for horses if the wrong things end up in there pasture.
Red maple leaves and acorns from oak trees pose very serious threats to horses. Both are highly toxic and can cause serious harm and death if ingested. Horses often eat red maple leaves or acorns if there is not enough grass left in the pasture and they are not supplied with supplemental forage such as hay or hay cubes. Some horses accidentally taste acorns that have fallen into a field and then develop a taste for them and seek them out.
The native red maple (Acer rubrum), also called swamp or soft maple, is a potent killer of horses and ponies. Red maple is a tree native to the eastern half of North America.
Verna joined TEVA in April and hit the ground running as our Client Care Specialist. Verna stays extremely busy answering client questions, scheduling appointments, and compiling invoices. Many of you may already have had the pleasure of working with her.
Verna is committed to making your experience with TEVA outstanding. Her prompt attention to you and your horse’s medical treatment will set your mind at ease.
Christie Kimberlin, MBA
Our newest addition, Christie, joined TEVA in mid-July after a lengthy search for an Office Manager. Christie brings to the team a great combination of business and marketing experience as well as formal education. She will be a true asset to TEVA as we continue to grow!
Having moved to Loudoun County with her husband and two horses in April, Christie is excited to meet our clients as she continues to get established in the area (and learn how to take better selfies with Wren!)
1. Be on time and have your horse caught and haltered. To maximize the time your vet can spend with you, please have your horse ready, especially if your horse is difficult to catch!
2. Make sure your horse is clean enough for the vet to examine. Whether needing to look good for Coggins photos or facilitating preparation for procedures or vaccines, a clean horse is less likely to have negative reactions.
3. Work with your horse and teach good manners. Not every horse enjoys a visit from the vet, but if it has basic manners things will go much more smoothly. Simple leading, trotting a straight line and the ability to stand quietly for temperature taking are imperative.
4. Write down questions and concerns beforehand. Present your list at the start of the appointment. Large concerns that are forgotten until the end of the exam cannot be properly addressed at the end of the appointment.
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